Judge blocks Trump administration's ban on new TikTok downloads from US app stores

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This photo illustration taken on September 14, 2020 shows the logo of the social network application TikTok and a US flag shown on the screens of two laptops in Beijing.

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A judge has temporarily blocked an order from the Trump administration that would have banned TikTok from being downloaded from U.S. app stores.

At the end of the day on Sunday, the U.S. government could have forced app stores run by Apple and Google to remove TikTok. 

But after a hearing on Sunday, Judge Carl Nichols of United States District Court for the District of Columbia, granted an injunction against that order.

The judge, however, did not block a much broader ban set to come into effect on Nov. 12 in the U.S., which could effectively make TikTok unusable.

Earlier this month, the Department of Commerce said TikTok would have to be removed from U.S. app stores on Sept. 20. That order was delayed by a week, to Sept. 27, as deal talks over the future of TikTok in the U.S. continued.

TikTok filed a request for an injunction, which was granted by Judge Nichols on Sunday. 

Meanwhile, the state of the deal remains in flux. 

Oracle and Walmart will take a 20% stake in a new U.S.-based company called TikTok Global. ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of TikTok, says it will own 80%. But Oracle has contested that, saying ByteDance will have “no ownership” of TikTok Global

Washington maintains that TikTok, under ByteDance’s ownership, represents a national security threat because American user data could be sent back to China. This is a claim that TikTok has repeatedly denied.

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